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NASCAR driver Erik Jones has opted out of the Kansas Cup race for safety reasons

Jones, who is 27 years old, was injured in a car accident last month at Talladega Superspeedway. He hurt his lower back and broke a vertebra.

During the race, Jones drove with other Toyota drivers. When they were almost done, there was a crash. Another car hit Jones’ car from behind and he crashed into the wall. A few other Toyota cars were also involved in the crash.

Jones immediately felt pain in his back and told his team. Although he went to the medical center during the race, he later had to go to the hospital for more checks. They let him leave that night.

The crash was very forceful and hurt Jones’ back a lot. Therefore he could not race in the Dover event. Another driver, Corey Heim, took his place and finished in 25th place. It was Heim’s first time racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

NASCAR driver Erik Jones has opted out of the Kansas Cup race for safety reasons
Erik Jones (credits: NASCAR)

The team said Jones can race again, but they want to be extra careful. So they decided he should rest before another race. Corey Heim will drive Jones’ car at the Kansas Speedway race.

Jones heads to Kansas to support Heim and his team. He will race again at Darlington next race. Jones has already won twice at Darlington, so he is excited to get back on track.

Jones thanked his team and fans on social media. He said he supports his team’s decision to give him more time to rest. He looks forward to racing again soon.

After the Talladega crash, Jones was 20th in the points standings. But missing the Dover race saw him drop to 23rd place.